In the bar, grab seats by the arched windows facing Howard Street for people watching, or make a beeline for the velvet sofas at the back for mysterious cave-like ambience. At breakfast, cosy up on Rick Owens and Vincenzo De Cotiis armchairs as you eat.
Don all the black you can to fit in with the native New Yorkers at the in-demand bar and restaurant.
Roman and Williams designed mod-French restaurant Le Coucou is helmed by chef Daniel Rose, formerly of Parisien restaurants Spring and La Bourse et La Vie. Breakfast, a Continental spread of fruits, pastries, meats and cheeses, is served both in the restaurant and in the Library.
In the evenings, follow the spiral staircase up past Dan Attoe’s neon art piece to the Blond bar and lounge for cocktails. Like a party-mad reverse Cinderalla, it transforms, at the stroke of 9pm, into a nightclub. There’s a strict guestlist from Thursday to Saturday, but as a hotel guest you can order drinks from 5pm to 9pm, provided no events are taking place. There’s moody lighting, Donnie-Darko-esque bronze animal-masked busts by British artist Charming Baker, velvet sofas, smoky gold mirrors and, yes, a disco ball.
Sip coffees with your breakfast from 7am to 10am in Le Coucou or the Library; the latter is open for drinks and light bites until 10pm. The Blond starts shaking cocktails at 5pm every day.
Use your in-room tablet to order 24 hours a day, from breakfast to late-night nibbles. Or choose from the minibar snacks and support Thrive, a charity that provides healthy meals to low-income families.